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*sung* “These are a few of my favourite things . . .”

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

My kids (we’ll call them A&B), are GREAT at asking questions. Their favourite ever word in the whole wide world is WHY. So, I set them the not-at-all-difficult task of firing questions at me. And this is what they wanted to know. . . (Read on if you like to dinosaurs, sharks and wild adventures.)

Mummy what’s your favourite food? Crusty lasagne corners (ssssh don’t tell Daddy or he’ll try and snaffle them too). But I love coconut ice cream best of all. Always in a bowl. Never in a cone. I do NOT like custard. Nope. No thank you. (Will you eat mine?)

What are three great things to do? Three?! Hmmm, that’s tough. . . naming three is not enough. (See what I did there, I rhymed. . . it’s one of the things I like to do). But I’ve been a bit cheeky as that’s not one of my OFFICIAL answers. My top three things are:

  1. Messing about in the garden – is it weird I like to mow stripes into the lawn?

  2. Rambling – not the chatty variety, but the walking variety.

  3. Going Down Under – that’s Australia, where my other home is. I get to laugh with my brother and sisters who I only see once a year and go whale watching on the flat winter sea. And we always check our shoes for spiders. Spiders make me scream.

What is the most heart stopping thing you’ve ever done? My heart is always in my throat when I snorkel on the reef – especially when sharks swim past! I love and fear them in equal measure. But my scariest moment EVER was. . . wait, if I tell you, will you have nightmares? OKAY I’ll tell you. But only if you promise not to wake up tonight. Do you promise? Click here for the full story of THE SCARIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE.

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue, no green. . . hmmm somewhere in-between. TEAL. Like a kingfisher or a dragonfly.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?

EXCELLENT INTERROGATING. Well, I always have a list of far off places I’d like to see. But in this very moment, I’d like to snoop inside Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Hut on Antarctica. It’s a ramshackle place, built in 1911, for Scott’s race to the South Pole against Roald Amundsen. Amundsen won, as for Scott. . . he got caught in a blizzard and his supplies ran out. But many years later, crates of chocolate were discovered perfectly preserved inside his hut.

What’s your favourite book?

I like the same things you like – wild adventures and roarsome dinosaurs. Jurassic Park is a wonderful book. Set on a mysterious tropical island, it has adventure and dinosaurs. But I’m afraid it’s WAY TOO SCARY FOR YOU. Sorry. The Princess Bride has it all – sword fights, pirates, the Cliffs of Insanity, a Fire Swamp. . . but you must be at least 10 before you can read that one.

If you can’t reach the top shelf of the fridge, then you are too young for that book too.

My favourite picture book is Tropical Terry by Jarvis – it has all the colour of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

And my favourite children’s non-fiction book is Everest by Alexander Stewart and Joe Todd-Stanton. It’s. . . EPIC.

What is your favourite dinosaur?

Crikey. These questions are getting tough now. I’ll have nightmares if I say this name out loud, so I’ll whisper it *Spinosaurus. My favourite is dilophosaurus that spits poisonous venom! My favourite animal that’s alive is the great white shark.

If you want to ask me more questions about my favourite things, interrogate at will, over on Twitter @leisa_stewart, Instagram @leisastewartsharpe, or send me an email

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